Boro Park woman with walker struck and killed in hit-and-run

Brooklyn Currents | 9/07/2015 | 0 comments

A 59-year-old woman carrying groceries and walking with a walker was killed in a hit-and-run only a few yards from her Borough Park home early Sunday,Sept. 6, police said.

Marlene Zotti was hit by a white minivan as she tried to cross Ninth Avenue midblock near 42nd Street, just steps from her apartment, police and witnesses said. The driver reportedly made a right turn on 42nd Street and kept going, leaving Zotti on the street with a mangled walker and groceries scattered around the avenue.

Her brother, Robert Medina, 56, said he went to ShopRite with his sister at 8:30 p.m. She stayed behind because she needed to pick up a few more things, he said

Medina told her to call him when she was done. "Marlene, I'll wait," he recalled telling her.
But she insisted she was fine.

When he called her at 10:30 p.m. and she didn't pick up, he knew something was wrong.
"Something flashed to me. If she's not there, she's probably dead," he worried.

He repeatedly called the ShopRite asking if she was there. Then a knock came at his door.

"She's dead, right?" he asked the detectives.

The driver was being sought Sunday. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

                                              -- The Daily News and NY1


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